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Tags: 2020 Elections | Donald Trump | Supreme Court | karl rove | texas | ken paxton | lawsuit

Karl Rove: Texas Lawsuit a Too Little, Too Late 'Hail Mary'

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By    |   Friday, 11 December 2020 01:34 PM

Texas' lawsuit against four swing states in connection with the November election may be a "hail Mary" pass that won't end with a big score for President Donald Trump since the states have already certified their elections, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Friday. 

"It seems to me this is a hail Mary, maybe too little and way too late," Rove, who was the deputy chief of staff during the George W. Bush administration, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "I wouldn't be surprised at all if the court didn't, in the next few days, basically refuse to allow that to move forward."

Meanwhile, he said the Republican Party doesn't "need to move forward" with the Texas lawsuit, but the Supreme Court does need to rule on Texas' claim. 

"They want to invalidate the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and have the Supreme Court block the electors from those states from voting next week, which would mean no one would have 270 electoral votes," said Rove. "They want them to rule those states allowed illegal votes and for the Supreme Court to direct that states make changes in how they count the ballots. And look, those states have already certified the election."

Meanwhile, 106 House Republicans have signed onto an amicus brief to back Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas lawsuit, but other Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., did not. Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn has questioned the legal strategy behind the lawsuit, reports Newsweek.  

"Cornyn is a former state attorney general himself and a former Texas Supreme Court justice, before that a district court justice," said Rove. "He is a legal scholar and said look, it is an unusual claim."

With Texas trying to argue about the laws of other states, that marks an "11th-hour" attempt, Rove added. 

"The safe harbor date is past," said Rove. "Think about it. They ask that next week the voters of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin not be allowed to be represented in the Electoral College and that would make it impossible for anybody to get the 270 votes needed to be elected president.

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Texas' lawsuit against four swing states in connection with the November election may be a "hail Mary" pass that won't end with a big score for President Donald Trump since the states have already certified their elections, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Friday. "It...
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